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And hello again from Fox News in Washington.
But what growing calls for bipartisanship.
Among amid growing concerns are leaders here and watch and -- can't get anything done.
We're joined by the GOP's top man in congress senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell and senator welcome back to Fox's new fringe -- scattered on the record will you -- tan the president's health care reform summit on Thursday.
Yeah and I'll likely I'll be there we're discussing.
Room or beyond Adobe there members -- -- -- ready.
All right that the White House says that it will post its plan for comprehensive.
Health care reform on the Internet.
And health and Human Services Secretary Sebelius as the public option the idea -- government run.
Insurance plan is still on the table let's -- It certainly fence if it's part of the decision.
Senate Leadership to move forward absolutely.
Senator your reaction.
Well she -- -- bipartisan opposition of that strong bipartisan opposition to that we know where the American people are on the bills the house and senate the 2700.
Page bill that.
Cuts Medicare by half a trillion dollars raised taxes by half a trillion dollars in the just a week or so ago indicated the American people were against that 5838.
They really want us to have shelved this bill and start over.
And I hope that's what the president does when he puts this new proposal on the Internet later today or tomorrow well.
-- that let let me ask you about another thing because it certainly doesn't seem to be headed that way because the White House and congressional Democrats are talking.
About using reconciliation.
We should point out it's a parliamentary budget maneuver that has been used by other presidents including George W.
But it would be a way to get health care reform through the Senate with just 51 votes without using the filibuster -- your colleague your counterpart.
Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid talked about here at -- Reconciliation can be used for different purposes we can write a whole new bill okay.
Or we can use reconciliation.
To pass the bill we've already passed.
But if they -- that.
Well look you know we've we've witnessed the cornhuskers -- back the Louisiana purchase.
The Gatorade the special deal for Florida.
Now they won't or suggestion men -- use the device which has never been used for this kind of major systemic.
We know would be building bipartisan about it would be opposition to -- -- number of Democrats have said don't do this is not the way -- -- I think -- there have a hard time getting the message here.
The American people do not want this bill to passed.
And it strikes me is rather Erica to say well we're gonna give it to you and you and will use whatever devices available.
-- to achieve that and a so if the Democrats in the Senate decide to go ahead with reconciliation just 51 votes and you stop.
There'll be a lot of Democrats who will vote against it whether they'll be eleven Democrats -- vote against it is not clear.
But the American people who are already quite angry.
About the effort to jam this down their throats are going to be even angry.
You can policy is amendment can't treated to slow this process there there are a variety of different options available but I think that the fundamental point -- wanna make it the arrogance of -- You know who -- -- saying ignore the wishes the American people.
We know more about the issues than you do -- we're gonna jam it down approach no matter what that is why the public is so.
At this congressman this administration over this issue is given all of this and it.
Is the health care summit on Thursday as it is playing now.
A waste of time.
Well I hope not but I guess we'll find out thirst.
Currently we're gonna be their most of this of today and have an opportunity to have a lot of discussion but if they're gonna lay out the planet walk past four days in advance of -- what are we discussing.
But look up and -- go there in good faith.
We believe that we think a better way to go is to step step move in the direction of dealing with the cost issues.
Targeting things like drop lawsuits against doctors and hospitals.
Interstate insurance competition.
Small association health plans are a number of things you can do.
Without having the government try to take over 16 of the economy as you know in the wake of.
Evan Bayh is surprising announcement this week that he is retiring there is growing talk whether it's informed or not.
That Washington is broken and I I wanna discuss one example would -- -- senate last month the Senate voted down the Conrad ray proposal for.
A bipartisan deficit commission with southern Republican co sponsors.
Voting against -- you also you weren't -- -- you voted now when I wanna point out.
What you said last may about that put up -- the -- I urge the administration once again to support.
The Conrad Greg proposal.
This proposal was our best hope for addressing the out of control spending and debt levels that are threatening our nation's fiscal future question.
Why was it our best hope then.
And you voted against it last month.
Well it was another commission offered during the same period of those I became -- conveyor entry in the course of the year that the problem.
Was not that the government was taxing too little but that it was spending too much.
And another commission approach that was offered -- that I voted for dealt -- -- spending reduction commission.
-- in terms of whether or not we're -- -- gridlock I would like to quote the president of the United States himself.
-- Just a couple of months ago.
If we stop today this is the president if we stop today this legislative session would have been that one of the most productive in a generation.
My counterpart the democratic leader just last month.
In the first half of -- 111 congress we made significant progress is a long list of accomplishments.
They're trying to -- that's that's another -- look aggressive they're satisfied they're trying to spend an ocean.
-- We are -- meaning everything they're doing it is simply not true.
Based on the president's own words let me tell you what we do approach we oppose the government taking over one of the health care system won six of our economy and we oppose.
A national energy tax.
Commonly referred -- routers cap and trade we think those are terrible idea but not members were not sent here to do nothing and the president knows that and he is set it.
We have accomplished much for the American people that just that we're unwilling.
To approve their partisan agenda.
That take over healthcare -- -- -- Well let let's let's take another example jobs the Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid.
Says that he pulled an 85 billion dollar jobs package that have been written by Republicans and Democrats.
He says because you refused to agree to bring it to a vote on the floor of the Senate quickly I wanna ask -- personal about two and then second.
He's now pushing a fifteen billion dollar jobs -- thirteen billion dollars of which is for of payroll tax holiday.
For companies that hire unemployed workers why what the -- support.
Westwood may well I mean what what was a mystery -- us is how the bipartisan bill got shell.
I thought it was moving along about partisan path many of my members -- gonna support and all of a sudden the majority leader decided to -- it down.
He says it was because you wouldn't agree to bring it to the floor -- he convert heat it's his job to bring it to the floor.
All I ought to do you think you're gonna get it it Iraq -- what he said was that you -- not gonna move to get a vote on it quickly and well certainly -- get your masters slowing things I felt we were gonna do it as quickly as we're gonna do.
The skinny down version amid a positive he needs to bring up the bill would need to have amendments and vote -- I think in fact senator.
Referred to -- in his retirement announcement is one of his frustration.
I share -- frustration I thought that bill was on the way to being called up.
Amended debated and voted -- You also have been very critical of the democrats' stimulus.
Democrats and let's put this -- that your state of Kentucky has been awarded 2.5 billion dollars in funding.
Which is creator to save more than 10000.
Jobs and they say that -- -- six million dollars in stimulus funding for the blue grass army depot.
In your state in fact last August you -- at the depot when you said best.
This is going to be a source of significant employment.
Would Kentucky really be better off without the stimulus.
Well what us with regard to blue -- army got a lot of work on -- -- twentieth -- And -- -- blue Russian army doubtful because they might have gotten some money from the stimulus package but with regard to the stimulus and the the evidence is pretty clear.
You know Tiger Woods and John Edwards had a better year than the stimulus.
Probably did say state government jobs you're gonna have a couple of governors on here and I'm sure they appreciate it.
The federal government borrowing.
Money from our grandchildren to -- it down to them.
To make their employment situation with state employees.
Less severe but Chris if you look at the private sector.
The private sector we're job generation really needs to occur the stimulus was sold to keep unemployment -- 8%.
It's now almost 10% in -- Wednesday it's almost 11%.
It has done little or nothing to stimulate private sector and what about the argument with you hear from the from the White House from the administration.
And and in fairness most economists decided between a million and two million jobs were saved or created because of that what about the argument it would have been worse without.
While that their argument and I'm sure that if you spend a trillion dollars.
On government jobs you'll -- some government jobs what I'm talking about is the way you get this economy going again is in the private sector.
And there's very little scant.
That the stimulus package.
Created any private sector jobs it probably did say a lot of state government jobs and I'm sure the governors were.
That I haven't they don't have the luxury we had a borrowing.
The money from future generations.
And to deal with short term emergency the thoughts and politics can the Republicans.
Take back the Senate this year.
Look at the election -- tomorrow we'd have a good day but the election ten states competitive and now.
If the electoral tomorrow we'd have a good day it is our hope to be in better position next -- -- we are now right now we have 41.
Members we hope to have more than that next here.
Clearly the political landscape shifted the most important question and in these polls.
Is what we call the party generic ballot question election were held today would -- be more like Google for the Republican the Democrats.
In the -- poll a couple of weeks ago we were up five in all the polls were leash dead even -- -- I think if the election were tomorrow we'd have a good day.
What that translates to Chris in terms of actual numbers of -- I'm not willing to predict well let me put up a map because I'm gonna try to get to -- -- political handicap here here let's put up the map the political map and according.
To some of the sharp -- us including Charlie -- -- cook who does is better than almost anybody did there you are.
Eight vulnerable democratic seats obviously the seats in blue.
And for vulnerable GOP seats when you look at at at those and obviously you've got it not only picked up the eight got to pick up maybe another tip we gotta pick of another two and then.
Defend all your -- Is ten -- is should get regaining control of the Senate.
Practically possible look no matter how many times you ask and I'm not gonna make a prediction that.
-- out and about an actual number there is a cease -- change.
It change and in the landscape.
And there's no question that if the election were today we'd we'd be at my side would be in a much better.
Position in the Senate we hope that that will be the case this November all indications are that it could be a good day.
I'm sure that some people watching this and if you're gonna say law.
Here's the problem not putting it all -- you anymore than the White House or congressional Democrats but.
You've got senator McConnell sticking to his position on all these issues you've got the White House and congressional Democrats sticking to their position all these issues there's no give -- no compromise.
Nothing's gonna get.
That's just not true read the comment from the president about how productive this congress and then.
Senator Reid believes -- -- been productive what we are not willing to cooperate and doing.
Is passing this massive overhaul of health care and passing this massive energy attacks.
Beyond that there's been a high level cooperation by the president's own words and by senator Reid's own words and will continue to cooperate on those things that we think are in the best effort that senator and -- an and I understand the point of of quoting their words.
I mean can you -- and I'm not saying you should.
Take -- sign up for the democratic ideas but can you really say on the issues facing the country.
The economy health care that energy problems that this congress has been productive.
The president believes that -- -- well look I think they've on the on some of the big issues they've tried to go in the wrong direction.
And we're not going to sign on.
Two efforts to turn America into Western European country which I think its net result of something like.
The energy tax cap and trade bill and the health -- -- those kind of things they're not gonna get much cooperation all their whole lot of other things that are important to the country.
That we are cooperating on an hour doing senator McConnell thanks for coming in today thank you please come back well always a pleasure -- Up next.
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